Media Studies: Film Studies

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The Master's in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam aims to train students to critically and creatively engage with important shifts in film and cinema culture.

In the age of digital media, film studies as an academic discipline is challenged by a continuous transformation of its object of study. The profound changes of its material base, from celluloid to digital, as well as its screening practices, from theatrical to urban and mobile screens, ask for renewed theoretical and historical frameworks of understanding. The Master's in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam aims to train students to critically and creatively engage with such important shifts in film and cinema culture. The programme offers in-depth knowledge in various research fields, ranging from film philosophy, media archaeology and cultural memory to issues of transnational and global audiovisual practices. Students have privileged access to historical sources and film collections. Internationally renowned film scholars are appointed as faculty and guest lecturers. Teaching in the programme is strongly informed by the way film is taught internationally, notably in the United States, Britain and France, thus giving students the opportunity to keep abreast of wider developments in the field.

Students are expected to develop the ability to think critically about film and to be able to contribute to ongoing theoretical debates and discussions in this field. They explore texts, authors, genres and movements associated with film, and develop an understanding of these elements within their historical contexts, all under the guidance of the Media and Culture Department. They are encouraged to formulate original hypotheses and test them in their class presentations, research papers and Master's thesis.

Programme outline

The Master's programme in Film Studies yields 60 ECTS credits: 42 credits for core courses 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic
adviser(s). The final text should be approximately 15,000 words.

All master's Programmes in Media Studies

Media Studies has five master's programmes:

  • Filmstudies (Dutch taught, 60 EC)
  • Journalistiek en media (Dutch taught, 60 EC)
  • Film Studies (60 EC)
  • New Media and Digital Culture (60 EC)
  • Television and Cross-Media Culture (60 EC)

Degree requirements

Film Studies is a Master's programme in Media Studies. Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Written request: Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School for Humanities ( Language test: IELTS: average score 7 TOEFL: score 100 Cambridge Advanced English: score A2 Cambridge Proficiency in English: score B1 Previous education: The Master's in Film Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor's diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: - Film - Media and Culture (of which at least 60 ECTS-credits specifically in the domain of Film Studies) The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board). Grade list: Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalant to at least: B/ 3.0 (American system) 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system) C (ECTS-system) 7.0 (Dutch system) Additional language requirements:Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A2Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1IELTS overall band: 7IELTS listening: 7IELTS reading: 7IELTS writing: 7IELTS speaking: 7TOEFL internet based: 100 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test: 100

Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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